How to Flock a Tree: Two Easy Methods

Test out these two ways to flock a tree or other greenery for a sparkling snow-covered appearance on your favorite holiday decor.

Want your indoor holiday decor to have the snow-covered look? These two flocking methods—one using flocking spray and the other flocking powder—will give Christmas greenery a winter wonderland vibe without the mess of melting snow. Each method can be touched up year after year for a flawless finish.

Decorated Christmas Trees

decorated flocked christmas tree

Method 1: Flocking Powder

What You Need

  • Flocking powder
  • Mesh wire colander sifter 
  • Spray bottle
  • Water 
  • Plastic sheeting or drop cloth

Step 1: Prep Work Space

protecting table with plastic

Prepare your work surface with plastic sheeting or a drop cloth for easy cleanup. You will be dusting your decor item with powder, so make sure you are in a well-ventilated space cleared of keepsakes.

Step 2: Protect Base

miniature tree in plastic bag

Protect the base of your tree or anything you don't want flocked by wrapping it with plastic sheeting or a plastic bag. Open and fluff the branches of the tree for a fuller look. Make sure to fluff before flocking so that the powder falls in the correct places on the branches.

Step 3: Spray Tree

spraying flocked tree

Using a spray bottle with a mist setting, lightly spray the tree with water. Be careful not to oversaturate the branches.

Step 4: Apply Flocking

using sifter for flocking tree

Place flocking powder into a mesh wire sifter. Using a sifter rather than your hand for sprinkling ensures the distribution of powder will be more even across the surface of the branches.

Holding the sifter above the moist branches, sprinkle flocking powder on the tops of the tree branches. You may need to slightly mist branches with water as you go to ensure the powder sticks.

Step 5: Layer and Let Dry

sifting flocking powder onto tree

Continue sprinkling flocking powder and spraying branches until branches reach desired coverage. Once you are done adding flocking powder, mist water over the top one more time and let dry. Decorate with twinkle lights or ornaments as desired.

Method 2: Flocking Spray

What You Need

  • Can of flocking spray
  • Plastic sheeting or drop cloth

Step 1: Prep Work Space

prepping area with plastic

Protect your work surface with plastic sheeting or a drop cloth. Work in a well-ventilated space clear of keepsakes. Prep the can of flocking spray by shaking.

Step 2: Protect Base

miniature tree in plastic bag

Protect the base of the tree or any part of your item you don't want flocked by wrapping it with plastic sheeting or a plastic bag. Open and fluff the branches of the tree for a fuller look. Make sure to fluff before flocking.

Step 3: Spray Branches

spraying miniature flocked tree

Spray the tops of the branches with a steady back-and-forth motion. Continue layering until reaching desired coverage. The closer and more you spray, the heavier the snow appears. Once you are done spraying the branches, let dry. Decorate with lights and ornaments as desired.

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